Educate Maine is pleased to launch the Education Indicators for Maine report for the web. We’ve come a long way since our first annual Education Indicators for Maine report in 2013. Maine has progressed substantially in many areas, such as increasing access to full-day kindergarten and increasing the number of adults with degrees or credentials of value. We’ve made moderate progress in student achievement and college enrollment, though there is still work to be done to ensure that every Maine person reaches their highest educational potential. We have come together through the MaineSpark Coalition to make sure 60% of Maine adults have a degree or credential of value by 2025. Our progress on these indicators is essential to helping Maine reach its state attainment goal.
This new report format will allow us to provide more timely updates to the following education indicators while also expanding what we measure as important for educational access, participation, and attainment across Maine. All students, regardless of their background, deserve an equitable, high-quality education. We must examine a range of inputs and outcomes at all stages of the educational pipeline to understand where we need to act to achieve this goal.
The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has significantly upended the educational system across Maine and the nation. As there are countless challenges in this new educational environment, there will also be challenges in tracking educational outcomes over the next few years. Educate Maine remains committed to sharing timely, accurate, and relevant information that is accessible and actionable for policymakers, school leaders, students, parents, and community members. We look forward to working with our partners across the state of Maine in 2021 to understand and highlight the significant work that teachers and schools are doing to make sure that we stay on track to meet our goals.
Jason Judd, Ed.D